How did Drury prepare you for life after college?
What advice would you give a new Drury student?
How has what you learned at Drury guided you?
Having no fear. Moving forward. Making an impact.
When Lauren Currans graduated from Drury in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in psychology, she graduated with much more than a certificate on the wall and four years of higher education. She also gained the confidence and perseverance that has led her through graduate school, a career, and, today, balancing her family and running a non-profit organization in the Denver, Colo. area.
Learning to Move Forward
While college is often a time of personal growth and development, Lauren's journey went even farther as persevered during some challenging times.
"My time at Drury taught me perseverance," she says. "I really just stayed the course in a time that was hard for me personally. Just being there taught me that I could really do anything if I just set my mind to it."
After graduating from Drury, Lauren moved to Denver to receive her master's degree in counseling. In 2000, she became a licensed counselor.
"I just didn't have fear after I left Drury," Lauren says. "I just felt like I could do whatever I wanted to do. I think in some cases, a lot of people probably would have been afraid to do those things, and I just jumped right in."
Developing Lifetime Friendships
Outside of the classroom, Lauren also gained some of her greatest friends and confidants through her involvement and connections at Drury. In fact, nearly 15 years later, she still keeps in touch with several of her Drury friends.
"My favorite memories of Drury are just being with my friends," Lauren says. "I made some lifelong friends, some women that I still talk to on a weekly basis, who don't live in Denver, but we still keep in touch. And that was what grounded me when I was at Drury, just having friends that I could rely on."
Making an Impact
Today, Lauren uses her educational and professional background in her work with a new non-profit called Diapers for Denver.
The organization, which Lauren was instrumental in establishing, helps women and families in need by providing free diapers and support. Twice per month, mothers or caregivers in need can stop in to receive diapers and wipes, and to enjoy coffee, refreshments and conversation while free childcare is provided during the designated time.
Lauren also stays at home to raise her children.